BRATISLAVA – Slovakia’s president and prime minister have opened the country’s first Holocaust museum at a site of a former Nazi labor and concentration camp.
Andrej Kiska and Robert Fico inaugurated the museum at a ceremony Tuesday in the western town of Sered. Fico said: “We are obliged to document the tragedy of the Slovak Jews.” Slovakia was a Nazi puppet state during World War II. It sent over 70,000 of its Jews to Nazi concentration camps, where most of them perished and only has a tiny Jewish community today. After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918, Slovakia became part of Czechoslovakia, which split peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.